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Friday, April 28, 2006

Has Robert Hornbeck been Found?

Body found in hotel with items of missing soldier

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A maintenance worker at a downtown hotel found a body Friday, along with items that belonged to a Fort Benning soldier who went missing 12 days ago.

Savannah-Chatham County Police said they had not confirmed if the body was that of Spc. Robert Hornbeck, who returned to Fort Benning in January after a year in Iraq and vanished during a getaway to Savannah the weekend of April 16.

The body was found inside a piece of air conditioning equipment. A maintenance worker found it after guests of the DeSoto Hilton Hotel reported smelling a foul odor in the lobby, police said.

Police said the body was being sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab to confirm its identity and undergo an autopsy.

More than 70 volunteers turned out Tuesday evening to help search for Hornbeck. They walked along streets and alleys peering into bushes, looking in garbage bins and handing out fliers.

A private search and rescue crew used dogs to pick up Hornbeck's scent in the hotel parking garage but did not find him, said his stepmother, Beth Hornbeck. She said a hotel maintenance worker told her that he thought he saw Hornbeck in the garage the night he went missing.
Hornbeck was preparing to leave the Army at the end of April and return to the University of Michigan, where he studied psychology for two years before joining the Army in 2004.

He also had a wedding date to marry his college sweetheart in July.

For Updates on Robert you can visit his section on Our Main Forum Here.

It has been confirmed that the person found was Robert. It has also been ruled an accident. Bless his family's hearts. He was and is a Hero.


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